Winner, Latin GRAMMY award 2010
“I LIKE IT A LOT. It’s definitely dirty enough, especially as it gets into the tough tango section. It’s a beautiful interpretation….Carlos Gardel, the mythical tango singer, was young, handsome, and at the pinnacle of his popularity when the plane that was carrying him to a concert crashed and he died in 1935…. Omaramoris a fantasy on ‘My Beloved Buenos Aires’ ” by Gardel.
There it was: a fresh and exhilarating arrangement of Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango for strings and piano obbligato “to keep the colors and authentic nature of this work alive.” What a treasure, and what an unexpected gift! My personal interest in this music emanates from my heritage: my father Alberto, to whom I lovingly and respectfully dedicate this album, was born in Argentina and returned there frequently throughout his distinguished career as a concert violinist and pedagogue.
We commissioned famed Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin to write Pampas for this recording. The work evokes the rich grasslands stretching from Buenos Aires to Patagonia. Schifrin writes “The first theme is distant and evocative which leads to a contrasting section of rhythmic energy… This work was commissioned by violoncello Master Antonio Lysy for which I’m very grateful.”
Antonio Lysy captures the cultural range of this country in our recording. He chose these particular works because they all draw inspiration from the folk music traditions of Argentina. This album highlights the ‘cello as a solo instrument and illustrates the impact of pre-Hispanic Amerindian traditions and Spanish based Creole influences as well as the effect of more modern musical developments like the tango on Argentine composers.
Bob Attiyeh, producer